FCTS reports savings

  • Franklin County Technical School is in need of a new roof. Recorder/Paul Franz PAUL FRANZ

Friday, February 16, 2018

ERVING — Town officials have received a budget report from the Franklin County Technical School.

Superintendent Richard Martin and Business Manager Russ Kaubris reported savings using a combination of layoffs of staff members and some consolidation. The number of shop teachers reduced from three to 2.6, the closing of the Business Tech program caused by low enrollment saved $50,000 and the Guidance Department personnel trimmed some staff. There will be sharing of a part-time music teacher with Erving and the addition of a part-time position for Spanish.

The total enrollment as of Oct. 1 was 446. Martin presented a slide showing projected enrollment for all 19 towns sending students to FCTS. Erving is forecasted to have 13 students next school year. The cost per pupil is expected $18,235.

Martin reported FCTS students are in the process of building a home in Erving located on Central Street that is financed by Greenfield Savings Bank. The school takes applications and Greenfield Savings Bank makes the final determination

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